Antenova Ltd, manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT), has developed a new antenna for the Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) standard ratified last summer.
The company will show the antenna at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany this week.
The antenna is said to be small, measuring 20 x 11 x 1.6mm, and is built to a novel design. This reportedly allows it to perform well within a device, while being easy to integrate onto a small PCB.
This is a chip antenna in the company’s lamiiANT antenna family. It is named Latona, (part no. SR4C033) and will be exhibited at Embedded World, with samples available to order.
Narrow Band IoT is the latest mobile broadband standard. It uses the 3GPP licenced network spectrum which is secure and free from interference, and offers the combined advantages of low power, long range and the ability to penetrate walls and metal barriers.
“Narrow Band IoT will be good for connecting devices in locations where the signal distance is in kilometers and for locations in basements and underground.” explained Antenova’s CEO, Colin Newman.
“It could be the enabler for some of the IoT applications that are emerging that are not suited to the established telecoms networks, where the data throughput is quite low and infrequent.
We see these antennas being used for smart metering, agricultural technologies, building automation and smart city applications with lighting, waste bins and parking spaces.”
Antenova’s embedded antennas are designed for quick and easy integration onto a host PCB.
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